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Old 08-31-2013, 11:36 AM   #11
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You don't need a wave maker. You can have a perfectly healthy, thriving system without them.
You do not want the sand bed stirred. There are no chemicals in the sand bed to help with coral health. All a sand bed is made out of is sand.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #12
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so its only in the ocean that the sand bed releases nutrients? in one of my books, thats what it says while explaining turbulence
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There are all kinds of things in the ocean. The ocean floor is loaded with all sorts of stuff like detritus, mud, and the like. A closed system is a completely different ball game. You do not want to disturb a sand bed that is full of detritus because it will overload your small water volume with nutrients and cause you problems.
The sand we add to our tanks is void of mud and such and will not release anything. It's basically comprised of whatever it's made of- calcium, or silica. Nothing will come out of it.
Once it's been in the tank for a while, it will start to build up nutrients. Nutrients that you don't want in your water column.
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ah i see. sorry, my mistake
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #15
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Oh, we'll thank you for clearing that up. Hmm, I think I might just add 1 more power head to help circulate the water column then.
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